MP petition to save railway footbridge
LOCAL National MP Shane Love (above centre) calls for a show of hands of those who use the Duke Street rail footbridge after Perth’s Public Transport Authority closed it last month pending a structural safety review.
TOODYAY residents are being urged to sign a new petition to save the Duke Street rail footbridge from permanent closure.
Perth’s Public Transport Authority (PTA) closed the bridge last month after a woman was injured in a fall on the uneven walkway.Read more
A PTA spokesperson said the bridge would remain closed while the authority reviewed a recent structural assessment.
Disabled people in gophers, school children and others on foot have no other safe access to local shops and medical services other than a two-kilometre detour via the Harper Street rail underpass.
Local WA Nationals MP Shane Love said he wrote last month to State Transport Minister Rita Saffioti asking for the bridge to be immediately reopened and appropriately maintained in the future.
“In addition, I have spoken to the Minister and one of her parliamentary colleagues stressing the urgency of the issue,” he said.
“I have also produced a petition requesting that the bridge be reopened.
The petition will be available for signing at the Shire of Toodyay (in Fiennes Street) and the Toodyay Community Resource Centre (next to the Christmas 360 Shop).”
Acting Toodyay Shire President Therese Chitty urged everyone to sign the petition.
It will be a disaster for the town if the bridge is not reopened,” she said.
The shire wants the PTA to reopen it as soon as possible.”